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Lightning loses another game in familiar fashion to Flames

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Have you heard this one before?

The Tampa Bay Lightning get off to a terrible start. They do not score enough. Ben Bishop plays a good game but loses. They lose when they had a chance to get back into the playoff race.

Yeah, so what else is new?

The Lightning lost a 3-1 game to Calgary Tuesday night, getting off to a poor start and, in the words of coach Jon Cooper, “chasing the game” the rest of the way. Steven Stamkos scored with 1:39 to play to avoid the second straight shutout by former Lightning goalie Karri Ramo, who has stopped 56 of 57 shots over his last two games. Ramo stopped 30 of 31 Tuesday night.

For the Flames, Matt Stajan and David Jones scored goals. Lance Bouma scored an empty netter to finish things off.

The Lightning fell to 11th place in the conference, three slots out of the playoffs.

“The guys have to dig in their heels and say ‘enough,’” said coach Jon Cooper. “We’ve got get out of this win one, lose one, win two, lose one. Every team around us goes on one run. Our longest win streak has been three games. It’s two steps forward and one step back. We’ve got to go on a run.”

The Lightning play Edmonton Friday night and Vancouver Saturday.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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